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Old 12-27-2012, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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As many of you know I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii 6 months ago. Everything is awesome! I am very grateful to be able to live this dream. We kept our Santa Barbara house and today I received lots of pictures from the gardner. This was a plant I purchased and they called it musa paradisica. They are very tall. You can see they are above the electrical wires. They have a grey tinged trunk. They never flowered for me until know. I can see a second one pushing out a flag leaf. Sorry for the quality of the photos. Once the fruit matures I will find out if they are seeded.

Another view of musa paradisica

This is an Ice Cream I got from Doug Richardson. It has fruited before and was a great tasting banana.

Another view of Ice Cream

This is a terrible picture of an AeAe in the front of my house. I have had them fruit but the fruit never has matured.

I left behind so many potted plants after importing 300 to Hawaii. The gardner takes care of them.

I love Hawaii but look forward to going back to Santa Barbara next year to visit and play with my plants.


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Old 12-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Wow!! Dose your variety of banana have seeds in them?
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Hope your gardening experience in Hawaii exceeds your expectations.
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Very beautiful,it's great you got to keep your old garden as well and have someone to care for it and send you photos!!! That's the ideal!
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I'm not sure. I will find out soon!

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Very beautiful,it's great you got to keep your old garden as well and have someone to care for it and send you photos!!! That's the ideal!
I really lucked out. My gardner/friend helped me plant all of my plants over the last 10 years. He recently got married and came to Hawaii for their honeymoon. They stayed with us and were so grateful. It is great that he sends me pictures. He sent me more after this post. My Brazilian and a Basjoo also have fruited.
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My visit to Hawaii was a honeymoon as well. It'll be two years January 1st! That's when I decided to grow some tropicals here at home. I think the most amazing plant I saw there was one that looked like a huge, and I mean huge, aloe vera looking monster. Our room was right on top of a banana plant about 15' tall and it even had bananas on it. It is so very beautiful there, we loved our stay. A month or so after our return I received junk mail containing cold hardy banana plants (Moosa Basjoo) and I ordered immediately and joined this forum for help. This spring will be my 3rd year.
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Since my last trip to Maui in November, that's we're I also got the idea to grow bananas! There every were there
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My visit to Hawaii was a honeymoon as well. It'll be two years January 1st! That's when I decided to grow some tropicals here at home. I think the most amazing plant I saw there was one that looked like a huge, and I mean huge, aloe vera looking monster. Our room was right on top of a banana plant about 15' tall and it even had bananas on it. It is so very beautiful there, we loved our stay. A month or so after our return I received junk mail containing cold hardy banana plants (Moosa Basjoo) and I ordered immediately and joined this forum for help. This spring will be my 3rd year.
Twenty three years ago we came for our honeymoon from New York and fell in love with the islands and the people. We love living here! You picked the best place to learn about bananas. The people on this forum are knowledgeable and wonderful.
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That's awesome that you moved to Hawaii! I'm sure your plants will love it there! Are you eventually going to get all of your plants to Hawaii?
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Given that the "Ice Cream" from Doug Richardson isn't actually Ice Cream, maybe we've now found the original culprit in the "Great Ice Cream Banana Mixup".

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I imported plants when I moved. You can't just bring plants in without an import license. At this time I have most everything I wanted and obviously have lots of cool plants here to choose from.

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I hope all is well and Happy New Year. I left my so Called Ice Cream from Doug Richardson in Santa Barbara. They sell Ice Cream here from Troy Shigenaga who owns Novelty Greens. He supplies Lowes and many other nurseries here. Mine are small but I think Rob in Kalapana has had his fruit. Not sure if his came from Troy. I also have a so called Ice Cream in Santa Barbara I got from a large nursery called Monterey Bay Nursery. I think Green Thumb gets plants from them. It hasn't fruited yet.
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to import plants to another country is not easy, there are many restrictions by import laws, many foreign plants spread alien diseases, other are invasive and further other plants are so rare and in danger of extinction and are on the Red List. Why Hawaii had to give one import permit to you, this is clear. Hawaii wants to protect its flora and to avoid invasive plants and plants with alien diseases. You needed also one phytosanitary certificate. Especially Brazil normally does not allow imports of banana pups and plants, I tried to get Musa Thousand Fingers and Praying Hands via Argentina and Costa Rica, got scammed by one member who is now banned here and I reported him to the police in Germany. Costa Rica, Argentina, Israel and Paraguay are the only countries which are permited to import banana rhizomes, banana suckers and banana plants and tissue culture banana plants to Brazil. In 2008 I wanted to import my banana plants from Germany to Brazil because the too cold climate of Germany, too cold to survive without winter protection and to ripe fruits and also to breed in Brazil. To breed new hardy fruit bananas and cross with Musa basjoo is nearly impossible in Germany, here in Brazil because of the climate much easier. Now the pup from my Musa basjoo (the mother plant was passed away recently and rotten because of the fungus) in the nursery of Helton in Campina do Monte Alegre has flowered for the first time after only one year, only one inflorescence of Musa basjoo, the seeds will give openpollinated hybrids with Musa balbisiana, thomsonii, yunnanensis, itinerans and other from seeds from Rarepalmseeds. Musa basjoo is not self fertile, but might be openpollinated by other Musa species which are in the neighbourhood and male flowering to pollinate.

But the Agricultural Ministery refused my apply to get one import permit for my bananas from Germany, bananas from Thailand and the USA, I wanted to order. But I did not give up and got in touch with Helton and he was helpful, we became friends. I sent him seeds from Rarepalmseeds wiithout problems, the now flowering huge banana plants are grown up from seeds from Sunshine Seeds, Rarepalmseeds and Sementes. Now it is so far that Helton and I can try to hybridize with Musa basjoo despite of the death of the basjoo mother plant in my yard in Lucianópolis, I still have 3 one year old pups at my pond, which are thriving much better at the pond. It was so important to give one pup to Helton in November 2011, so it will be one backup if I do lose all of the basjoos here. Helton will propagate the basjoo pup by suckers and create hybrids from seeds, because the open pollinated seeds do not result pure basjoos. He now has one open pollinated seedling from Musa Figo alias Orinoco, pollinator unknown, perhaps M. balbisiana, thomsonii, sikkimensis or anyone wild species from Rarepalmseeds. When the seedling from Figo does sucker one day, he will give me some suckers.

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Cool! You seem a very determined grower!
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I''l never forget my week in Hawaii. Took a bus up into the hills around Honolulu and loved the houses and tropical plants. Absolutely beautiful.

Hadn't seen my wife or had any real food for 8 months. The only bad part - had to go back to VN to finish my tour.
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Cool! I wish I could go to Hawaii!
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I wish I could go back soon! I would probably have a garden that would never stop growing. Tomato and pepper plants would be the size of redwood trees in a few years!

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Move to S FL. I have a Bih Jolokia pepper and some Chinese peppers inground that are starting their 3rd year now. And conus is alot cheaper than Hawaii.
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Never thought of that.... perennial peppers because there are no cold periods.... awesome!
Would they produce a second batch of fruit?
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Just noticed this... in your one picture, is that sugarcane?
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THEY PRODUCE PEPPERS CONTINUOUSLY - ALL YEAR ROUND. t
THE JOLOKIA IS 6 FT TALL AND THE TRUNK AT GROUND LEVEL HAS A 1 INCH CALIPER.
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